CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This week, Charleston-area movie lovers have not one, but two acclaimed indie films to choose from in theaters when Park Place Stadium Cinemas in downtown Charleston opens "Fruitvale Station" and Marquee Cinemas at Southridge opens "The Way Way Back" on Friday.
"Fruitvale Station," which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for drama at Sundance, is based on the true story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by police at an Oakland, Ca.,. public transit station on New Year's Day 2009. It stars Michael B. Jordan as Grant with Melonie Diaz as his girlfriend, Octavia Spencer as his mother and Chad Michael Murray as one of the officers. It's rated R for some violence and drug use as well as language throughout.
"The Way Way Back," a coming-of-age comedy/drama set during summer vacation, was written and directed by "The Descendents" Oscar winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (who are also actors) and stars Liam James, AnnaSophia Robb, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney, Amanda Peet and Rob Corddry. It's rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material.